We all know that Fred is once again a talented music producer. But of course humanity is his greatest weapon.
After being hungry for connection throughout the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for real connections is with raven. And no one can cultivate them with their music quite like Fred, a master of unfiltered storytelling who has a new album, Real life 3a reminder to add color to life’s gray moments.
AL3 is a microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to turn life’s events into visual dance music. Interpolating samples from real meetings, transcendental songwriting sessions and even random videos submitted by friends, the album is a collage of the memories he collected during his formative year.
We have pulled the thread AL3 and he brought out the origin of these samples.
“Eyelar (colleagues)” samples a short video that London singer-songwriter Eyelar sent to Fred. The track was one of the first he did for him Real Life a few years ago, Atlantic Records tells us.
“Delilah (Get Me Out of Here)” samples a video that Delilah Montagu sent to Fred, who performed a live rendition of her song “Lost Keys.”
“Berwyn (All I Got For You)” uses lyrics from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and samples a vocal note sent to Fred by the rapper, producer and Trinidad-born Berwyn songwriter.
“Bleu (Better With Time)” samples Bleu’s track “You Still Mine (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (Still Breathing)” samples a TikTok video that Fred found while scrolling through the app, posted by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (smile on my face)” samples a recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice To Have” live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston in March 2020.
“Kelly (end of a nightmare)” samples the Wet track “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time for your move)” samples an Instagram post shared by famous singer-songwriter Mustafa.
“Clara (The Night Is Dark)” samples The Clara Ward Siners’ 1994 track “The Storm Is Passing Over.”
“Winnie (End Of Me)” samples Winnie Raeder’s track “The End Of Me.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his sampling guide and why he films his nights.
“The reason I’m the one filming everything on a night out is because when you’re starving the next morning, it’s just good to shine through the memories and you reduce the blow. said Fred. “When you get that kind of heightened energy of a group of people when you all spend 10 hours together on a proper night out, and in the end you’re all floating in the same ether. It is a beautiful thing. I have some videos on my phone that I like, that are popular for that reason.”
Check out the full interview below.
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